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· pavement tester....
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THE MUFFIN MAN said:
can't take the gixxer on the track??? have you seen any world superbike racing lately? have you ever heard of the 24 hrs of lemans? the isle of man tt? ama superstock? european superstock? the r1 in race trim has won ALL of these championships in the last 2 years with the exception of WSB, yet still finished 3rd overall in its first year back in the class. ahead of all the competition. we make the mistake of thinking ama superbike is the premier class of road racing in the world, since we live in the states, which it is far from. maybe the 4th or 5th strongest series around the globe. please, an ama superbike title is hardly coveted around the world. yes we would love to see yamaha compete here, since we are here, but ama superbike is hardly the toughest class yamaha races in currently.

at that level, it is more than just the bike
-rider (healthy one too)
-team
-R&D
-parts suppliers
-amount of money
-etc etc

All are awesome bikes, but you just have to have the right combo of all of the above to put a championship together. Its more than "he is riding a zxRGXCBR, and that is why he won..."

Just because the bike is an LE, makes it negligible in superbike. The only stock components on those things are probably the engine cases. Even the LE would probably be an LE in appearance. Even the suspension would have to be upgraded
 

· pavement tester....
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that said, yamaha did pull the punk move for not competeing in superbike. Honda pulled out of FX, so yamaha will be competeing amongst themselves for that championship. :lol

Lemme see, in SB this year we have suzuki, kawasaki, ducati, honda and........proton?

:lol
 
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